Signing Up Soon

Jake Waguespack committed to Ole Miss back in the summer. His commitment was solidified on his recent visit to campus for a football weekend.

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The Prairieville, La., native and Dutchtown High pitcher came to Oxford the Alabama football weekend along with four other commits. All five will sign in the next few weeks during the fall signing period.

Joining the right-hander pitcher on his visit were Chase Nyman, Ty Hensley, Zach Irwin, and Gavin Cecchini, which are only part of the entire class that's committed.

The guys already know each other. High school and summer league baseball can be a small community, even if players are scattered throughout the south and even across the country.

"I pitched with Merucci Elite," Waguespack said of his summer. "We were at the same tournaments as the (Texas) Sun Devils. Chase Nyman and Zach Irwin and I were on the same team."

On the Texas Sun Devils were committed Rebels Hensley, Cecchini, Stryker Trahan, and Cameron Dishon.

"Once we start going to all these tournaments and are on the same team for two months, you form that same brotherhood as you would with your high school teammates," Waguespack said. "We've all known each other for a good two or three years now, playing competitively in the summer. We're all trying to do the same things, get recruited and looked at by colleges. Now we've committed and it's just a blessing to be able to play with good guys like that. We all have the same common goal."

Jacob Waguespack
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It's much like the signing class that just arrived on the Ole Miss campus this past summer. That is the class that is currently ranked No. 3 nationally by Collegiate baseball and No. 5 nationally by Baseball America.

"We have the same feeling," Waguespack said when comparing the current committed class of 2012 to the Class of 2011. "We're just trying to go in there and do what the teammates at Ole Miss are trying to do, and that's win a national championship at Omaha. Everybody's got the same goals, work hard, get out what you put in, and you hope you're successful. We're just going in there to do our jobs, go to school, go to practice, put in the hard work to succeed."

The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder throws his fastball consistently in the low 90s at the present time and also has a solid changeup, curveball, and slider. Waguespack said since the summer he's basically shut down his pitching for some recovery time.

"I took two months off after summer ball and put the baseball down completely. I let my arm rest," he said. "I've been working out and getting stronger. I'm about to start a long toss program to get my arm stronger, too. So I'm excited about that.

"Last year I did this just because I'd pitched so much in high school and into the summer," he continued. "So it's good to give your arm some rest to let it catch up."

Waguespack, who was 8-0 as a junior at Dutchtown High with a 1.83 ERA in 55 and a third innings, had earlier chosen the Rebels over LSU, Tulane, and Southern Mississippi. He has some goals to accomplish before heading to Oxford next summer.

"I want to have a good senior year and help my team win a state championship," he said. "Our school has been in existence for ten years, and we won a championship like the first year. So it's been a while.

"We're going to need some younger arms to step up. Me and a guy named Troy Lewis, we're going to be doing most of the pitching. We've got a solid team coming back and a lot of guys are hungry to win. We're just ready for the spring."

After that, he'll be ready to head to Ole Miss and spend time helping the Rebels win baseball games and championships.

"Everybody is just so nice in Oxford," Waguespack said. "The town. The scenery. The coaches. Just everything is awesome. I'm glad to be a Rebel."

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